This Week in Royal History: March 12-18

In celebration of Women’s History Month, this episode of This Week in Royal History will exclusively highlight remarkable women.

During this special month, we will not only recognize the birthdays and commemorate the deaths of these women but also delve into their inspiring life stories and significant contributions to history. Get ready to learn about some truly amazing figures.

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Iconography of Mary I (Queen Series)

Ph.D. candidate Peter Stiffel makes a highly-anticipated return to the show, delving into the captivating world of Mary I’s iconography with the brilliant Heather Darsie as host. Building on his insightful earlier episode with Johanna Strong, Peter brings a wealth of new insights and intriguing tidbits to the table, courtesy of Heather’s expert line of questioning. Brace yourself for an enriching and enlightening discussion!

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Courting Scandal: The Royal Household & Jane Boleyn

Jane Boleyn, sister-in-law of Queen Anne Boleyn and wife of George Boleyn, found herself embroiled in the dangerous politics of the Tudor court. Following the execution of George and Anne for treason in 1536, Jane managed to navigate the treacherous world of Tudor politics and maintain a position in each successive queen’s household. However, her association with Katheryn Howard ultimately led to her downfall, and she was executed alongside the queen in 1542. Jane’s story is a cautionary tale about the perils of power and ambition in the Tudor court.

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Rumors and Gossip: The Princes in the Tower – Part Two

Lacey Bonar Hull returns with a two-part episode on the princes in the Tower. For the first time on this show we have all three experts here to discuss and debate this hot topic. Dr Nicola Tallis, (Margaret Beaufort) Matthew Lewis (Richard III) and Nathen Amin (Henry VII) on history’s best whodunnit! 


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Hands-On History: Performing Tudor Music

The music of the Tudors lends a hint into the personality and character of its composer. Henry VIII was known as quite the musician, and Anne Boleyn was said to have the voice of a siren. On this HoH, Heather chats with Jay Britton, founder of The Tudor Songbook – a classically trained soprano with a passion for Tudor History. 

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I Want to be Queen

Christine Morgan joins us for her final installment on the Starz series, Becoming Elizabeth. This episode, the last in the series, takes a deep look at what we saw, what it meant, and what we can hope for in the future. Christine’s theater experience has given a perspective on the series you couldn’t find anywhere else. We are so grateful she offered to do it.

We hope you enjoyed this journey through time with us because we enjoyed engaging with you and sharing our thoughts on the show.

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Her Duty As A Princess

After a week off from Becoming Elizabeth, we were all ready for Episode 7. Christine joins us again this week and gives us the ins and out of what we watched. Strap in for a wild ride through history!

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Oh Shoot, Politics are Important

This week Christine is out with “the plague”, but like the rockstar that she is, found the energy to write down her thoughts. To guest host for Christine this week we have a wonderful friend of the show and fellow podcaster. You may or may not already know her from her show, Queens Podcast – Katy is here! 

So here is Christine’s recap of episode 5 of Starz’s Becoming Elizabeth.

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London in the Time of the Tudors: Henry VIII – Part Three

On this episode of A Brief History historian Christine Morgan continues the story of Henry VIII from Episode #162. Don’t worry, we’re getting near the end of his story and then we move on to the fascinating reign of Edward VI!

London in the Time of the Tudors was written by well-respected 19th century historian , Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901).

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Voiced by: Christine Morgan
Written by: Sir Walter Besant
Edited by: Rebecca Larson
Voice Over: David Black
Music: Ketsa, Alexander Nakarada, and Winnie the Moog via, used by EXTENDED license.